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Monday Kickaround

*Congratulations to Washington Freedom striker Abby Wambach, who became the fifth player in USA women's soccer history to score 100 international goals, a 78th-minute strike in the Americans' 1-0 victory over Canada in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. She's only 29 years old. The teams face one another again Wednesday in Charleston, S.C.

*Before more than 82,000 at the new Cowboys Stadium in suburban Dallas, Mexico (4-0 over Haiti) and Costa Rica (5-1 over Guadeloupe) rolled into the Gold Cup semifinals and a Thursday showdown in Chicago. The USA will face Honduras in the other semifinal at Soldier Field.

*Galaxy supporters didn't exactly roll out the red carpet for David Beckham at Home Depot Center for the 2-2 tie with AC Milan. Watch it for yourself tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel.

*In MLS, the Revolution defeated Chivas USA, 2-0, on second-half goals by Kheli Dube and Steve Ralston. "The first half was garbage,'' Revs Coach Steve Nicol said. "There really isn't any other way to describe it other than it was wrong."

*Inter Milan and Club America go to penalty kicks before more than 31,000 at Stanford -- penalty kicks? Read about it.

Celso Borges's breathtaking bicycle kick for Costa Rica's first goal:

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 8:22 AM ET
Categories:  Beckham , Costa Rica , Freedom , Gold Cup , MLS , Mexico , Women  
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Several accounts of what went down at the Galaxy match are quite different than what the LA Times and whoever did last night's broadcast were insisting on. WalesOnline even has some video of halftime exchanges that appear much different than what the LA media insists happens. I had thought the second half and PKs of the Inter Milan-Club America match was going to be the most bizarre thing I watched yesterday...

Posted by: sitruc | July 20, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Since it's the summer and "Pre-season", they should have settled the game with suicides and THEN penalties.

Or maybe a beep test.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | July 20, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

IF you are not planning to watch the match between the Gals and AC Milan, you can see hightlights here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zldiS28zNU

Posted by: lrg1231 | July 20, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

this was one of the most strangely entertaining soccer weekends in a while. a lot of odd stuff happening (beckham, the inter-america penalty shootout), along with some good soccer (costa rica, dc in the second half on saturday). not bad for freakin' mid-july.

Posted by: stairs | July 20, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

The Wales Online video is amazazing.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 20, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

In the goal.com story, Becks says he was telling the fan to "calm down" while the fans say he was telling them to "come down". Based on him trying to jump the ad boards, I'm not sure I believe him.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 20, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Excellent example being set there by Beckham and the Riot Squad.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 20, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Watched the Galaxy Milan match on the laptop with half an eye. Beckham and Donovan were fabulous. Donovan was running past Milan defenders like they were standing still, and Beckham was fully committed to the cause.

I did not see the argy-bargy / fracas linked above, and on the BBC site, although I'm not sure if that's because I wasn't paying attention or they didn't show it.

IMHO: Some LA fans need to lighten up. Going to the match is supposed to be fun.

Posted by: JkR- | July 20, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse


Yeah the pointing at the ground and fronting like he was going to jump over the boards once security got their hands on the dude really paints that picture. (rolling my eyes)
Becks is a cornball, but so are the piss drunk, idiot supporters who don't seem to be able to police themselves. Hope the league can get a handle on some of these idiots before it gets really out of hand.

Still no apology to Wicks for the bottle thrown at him in Seattle? Hello Garber?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 20, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I was referring to the "calm down" theory btw.
Yes the fans need to lighten up. It's fun heckling a bit, but as JkR- pointed out it is supposed to be fun.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 20, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

LARS definitely needs to relax and they're going to be run under the bus with this. Riot Squad and Beckham were both wrong. I was watching on my laptop as well, but was watching BS and twitter after the commentators said something about a LA fan dissing Beckham by not shaking his hand. The commentary last night was a joke and the gushing never stopped. One of the better all-around team games I've seen the Gals play and it will all be overshadowed by Beckham. Quite a few players really stepped up and Beckham had a good game. It's unfortunate.

Posted by: sitruc | July 20, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I can understand the LAG fans frustration. I can't condone jumping on the field to confront Beckham, but they are within their rights to boo and make those signs. I think it shows some "lowbrow sophistication" (can I put those words together??) for the US Soccer fans that in NY and now LA that we won't just accept the Beckham Show. We are passionate about our teams and the sport. If you mess with us you are going to get a negative reaction.

DCU would never have engaged in a Beckham-like situation (please God never!). But, if we had, the BB and SE would have a field day with chants, songs, banners, maybe even a march or a protest. MLS is developing a small hard-core base and this is a reflection of that. It will get even better once Philly, Portland and Vancouver come on board. They already have strong supporter's groups in place.

Posted by: Golden_Child | July 20, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I know many will not agree with me, but major props and much respect to LARS. They are just "keeping it real"...

I think LARS are 100% in right to question whether beckham will fight and die for the shirt.

Stay Classy Beckham!

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | July 20, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, BH 4 G, we'll disagree on this.

Supporters are supposed to support their team. When and if they feel unhappy with the direction their team is going, it doesn't help to create a confrontational, negative vibe towards the team you support.

You can express your dissatisfaction in clever, witty ways to get your message across. Or, support the other 10 guys that are wearing your shirt.

Posted by: JkR- | July 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you, JkR...and I want the league to look good in front of the world, too.

Posted by: Reignking | July 20, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton gives the USMNT some love. From SI's MMQB:

"Congrats to the U.S. men's national soccer team, finishing second in the recent Confederations Cup in South Africa. In the coming weeks, they will play Mexico in a 2010 World Cup qualifying match in Mexico City. In 23 games, the U.S. has never defeated the Mexicans on their home soil (0-22-1), but this is the year it could happen. I believe they have their best chance to beat Mexico and I think we should all be pulling for the upset and support this team.

Posted by: addick | July 20, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Wambach: "I couldn't dream of a more picture perfect ending. I would give any Olympic gold to do that."

Really? She can't possibly have meant that.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 20, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Add me to the list with JkR and RK - nerd faux rage is a problem with MLS clubs. It turns people off. Sure the Beckham situation is kind of ridiculous - but I don't see what good it will do for the Galaxy fans to treat him like a villain. His involvement in the league is long term - and there's more to it than just his play on the pitch in his first couple seasons.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 20, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

No it will be good for the MLS. International players around the world will see it, and listen to what beckham has to say, and believe the league sucks, the fans are ignorami. Then they'll leave us alone so we can buy a cheap walk-up ticket to any game and sit wherever we'd like.

And if we're inebriated enough, we can fight and die over perceived insults to our team's uniform. Maybe we can elevate our game as high as the South American leagues where the players are separated from fans by cages.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 20, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

So the Hosers didn't even use McLeod. I hope she sees action on Wednesday. I recorded the match, but I haven't had a chance to watch much of it. How did Whitehill do on the outside? Does she have the speed for that position?

Posted by: universityandpark | July 20, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I have mixed feelings on the activities of last night involving Beckham. In the end the whole thing made me giggle for a lot of different reasons.

Posted by: csd1 | July 20, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

You can bash the fans all you want. The fact is Beckham got bent out of shape when he should have let it go. A lack of professionalism in my book.

Posted by: Hoost | July 20, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

- Beckham must have some special, secret handshake that involves only the middle finger.

- That video screen in Cowboys stadium is bigger than my house.

- Thought the PK mix-up was hilarious. Players had to return jerseys. "Ibra...? Ibrama?... Ibramamma?... How do you say this name?"

- Thanks again to the kind folks, leaving after the Freedom match, who gave us their tickets as a free upgrade from our cheap seats to section 110.

- Wambach meant that she would have given up Cheney's gold medal.

- Nice to finally meet you BaRRD, OWNTF, VBB, and Mrs. VBB.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 20, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Do we know what happened to the fan? Did he get a fine, ban, etc...?

I think the fan is partly justified when Becks calls him down there. The fan should not be penalized except for whatever happened the day of the incident. I don't condone entering the field but in the heat of the moment + booze, I might have done the same thing.

Did Gooch Play? I was at a wedding all weekend and missed anything soccer related.

Posted by: UniteforDC | July 20, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

You can bash the fans all you want. The fact is Beckham got bent out of shape when he should have let it go. A lack of professionalism in my book.

Posted by: Hoost

I'm not excusing that, at all...

Posted by: Reignking | July 20, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

obviously some of the fans do need to "calm down" but what is Beckham doing going over there to confront them? I love the vast discrepancies in the reported stories (especially in comparison to the LA Times piece linked above). This is from soccernet.com:

"The 34-year-old tried to hurdle a barrier to get to a group of fans who had been jeering him throughout the match and appeared to make a "come on" gesture. Security had to hold the star back as he tried to get across to the supporters, while one fan had to be stopped from getting out of the stand to confront the star."


Posted by: diego_r | July 20, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Off topic but: Is the Mexico vs Costa Rica Gold Cup semi being telivised by anybody? I'm not seeing is scheduled anywhere...I must be missing somthing, right?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 20, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Actually, from the Press Box, Beck's reception warmed from the 39:00 minute onwards .. ..

Becks got a lot of stick early on, especially from ACB & Riot Squad .. ..

After his gorgeous long ball > Alecko that lead to the first goal, the crowd was 60-40 then .. ..

And then by the second half, the boo's that echoed through HDC every time he touched the ball, had muted significantly!

Of course, the two fan groups gave him the hardest time, but that's why we love them .. ..

And, Becks is still the man! If you needed to play top-flight football leading up to a WC, who wouldn't?! For someone who is so proud to wear his colours (ENG), that HAS to be the priority until WC2010 is over .. ..

The LAG Fan's are right - Becks is right!!

We both just have to live with it!!

Posted by: Samminish | July 20, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Would they have been upset with Donovan if he said he wanted to stay in Munich because the quality of play is higher, in order to prepare for WC 2010?

Posted by: OWNTF | July 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

becks thinks the MLS is beneath his dignity, so he shouldn't be surprised that some of the fans of MLS have turned on him. as far as making the fans of the league look ignorant to the rest of the world, i don't agree. there are quite a few people around the globe that have tired on beck's (& posh) antics and may actually be impressed to see such a passionate reaction.

Posted by: birdynumnum | July 20, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

If Beckham was truly "committed" to the Galaxy and wanted to play for them next year I don't think the fans would have a problem.

It's the fact that his method to show his "commitment" is to leave in the runup to the WC to play for Milan. Beckham is a committed person, he is committed to do everything he can to make England's WC squad. There is nothing wrong with that, it's his choice. He just shouldn't treat the US fans as fools and say he is committed to LAG and MLS too. He can't be committed to both unlese he clones himself. He should just call it like it is and say that he won't really focus on MLS until after the WC. That is the truth. Don't lie to us.

Posted by: Golden_Child | July 20, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Golden Child,

That is the best description of Becks and his treatment of MLS/LA I have read. Kudos.

Posted by: UniteforDC | July 20, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Was the Riot Squad in the wrong? Yes and no. Yes, devoting an entire game towards anger at one player is silly, especially when that game features your club, often maligned in the early part of the season but now looking strong, doing well against a team like Milan. Boo him on his introduction, hang your signs, and then get on with supporting your team. If you really want to make a show of how you feel, there are other options in this situation. Go out of your way to chant for Donovan while ignoring Beckham; everyone will figure out the significance pretty easily, and you don't look like spoiled children in grown-up bodies.

That said, it's hard not to have any sympathy for them. Beckham's actions have had a fairly obvious arrogance about them. He has been droning on about being committed to LA when he is very clearly, in action and in word, not. Perhaps he will be committed after the World Cup, but until then he will continue to treat the Galaxy like an irritant rather than as his club. LA may not be Milan, but that doesn't mean the dedication of the fans is automatically lower. People really care, and when you treat their club like it's an inconvenience, they're going to notice and be unhappy.

When you add in the fact that LA has been hamstrung by Beckham's cap number, the anger goes up. Look at how people here in DC foam at the mouth when anyone brings up Gallardo. MLS fans, by and large, react very poorly to highly paid players doing anything short of playing brilliantly every single week while also showing the kind of dedication typically reserved to one's spouse and children. Emilio has scored 37 league goals in 2 1/2 seasons, and most DC fans have, at best, ambivalent feelings towards him. As much as I think Beckham has dug his own grave here, I also think there's an undercurrent of disliking wealthy players at work within MLS fanbases.

So, in summation, both sides were wrong and have betrayed a glaring lack of class.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 20, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

An anonymous comment on the MLS Daily blog by someone who claims he was working as a security guard at the HDC and his eyewitness account of what happened is at http://bit.ly/17t5yX ... backs up Beckham's statement on the matter (if it's true).

Posted by: howcheng | July 20, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

good post chest.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 20, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

@universityandpark cat was pretty solid at the game. she only played at the first half though.

i know this is late but congrats to abby, 100 goals in 129 caps. damn girl.

Posted by: KG118 | July 21, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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